brutereason
I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.

I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.

But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.
yoisthisracist

Anonymous asked:

The Economist magazine reviewed a book about how slavery built early America. They complained that "Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains. This is not history; it is advocacy." Thanks for busting my stereotype that smarmy pseudo-intellectual Brits practice more subtle forms of racism than redneck Klansmen.

yoisthisracist answered:

I like how those stupid motherfuckers think that saying something “is advocacy” invalidates it. Hey dipshits, you’re supposed to advocate against fucking SLAVERY you fucking idiots.

UPDATE: They recanted that odious bullshit.

yoisthisracist

Anonymous asked:

One time I yelled at my mom for being racist and she told me that she can't be racist because she's not as bad as her mother, who thinks slavery was pretty cool. Anyway I don't talk to my mom or my grandmother anymore so things are very chill for me these days and I recommend never speaking to racists again as a solid life plan. Yelling is an ok second choice.

yoisthisracist answered:

How low is your mom’s moral bar that clearing “not objectively pro-slavery” is the best she can do?

brutereason
These Christians equate not getting their own way in the political sphere – not being able to impose their idiosyncratic religious views on others with the force of law – with brutal and unjust persecution. As America becomes more diverse and less religious than ever, white conservative Christian men are losing their disproportionate influence on politics and, because they think of themselves as the natural and deserving custodians of that power, having to share it feels like a shocking injustice.

But part of the justification for their victim routine is theological: the Bible predicts that Christians will be persecuted, so these conservatives believe that it must be true. Acknowledging the true extent of both their current and historical power and influence would generate an uncomfortable cognitive dissonance with a text that often takes the side of – and venerates leaders who serve – the low and the downtrodden.

The only remedy is thus to declare, despite the evidence, that they are truly a persecuted minority in a country filled with other self-identified Christians, which makes a mockery of the true victims of religious oppression all around the world.
yoisthisracist

Anonymous asked:

So that white American doctor who got cured of Ebola with some sci-fi medicine said he was alive thanks to God and that he was going to pray for all the people dying of Ebola in Africa. Except he's actually alive thanks to medicine, and praying for the Ebola victims in Africa isn't going to do shit. Giving them that fresh new medicine would.

yoisthisracist answered:

Every time people thank god for their random fortune or unearned privilege, do they ever think about what this actually says about their god? Like, yo asshole, how about fuck you for killing all these innocent people and double fuck you if the reason is “they weren’t praying hard enough.”